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accomplish in iraq. the 112th day of the deep water horizon disaster in the gulf. i'm keith olbermann. good night and good luck. now to discuss why republicans love the constitution so much, they can't wait to change all of it, ladies and jerk here is rachel maddow. >> good evening. we have other a big day going through all the amendments. i'm sorry if any of the nerd stuff wafted down your way. >> we're used to it by now. >> i'm sorry. you notice that we're all wearing calculator watches, too. i think the staff is going in the wrong direction. >> good luck with that. >> thank you. appreciate it. thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. you thought i was kidding about the calculator watch, didn't you? we all wear them ever since geek week. all right. this next hour, is sort of news you don't expect. congress is in washington at a time we never expect congress to be in washington. a whole lot of police officers have detained at gun point
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someone you really never expect police to detain at gunpoint. someone no one expects to do an interview on this tv show seems to could not speed maybe she'll do an interview on this tv show, and controversy about the really anti-gay republican candidate getting money from target and best buy. that controversy takes a whiplash completely unexpected turn into hair band territory. as in hair band. anyway, all that unexpectedly big news is coming up this hour. we begin tonight with a programming note. tomorrow in the great state of arizona, the maddow blog which is not me but it is the awesome blog of this show which is in fact better than this show. the maddow blog is going on a field trip. laura and bill from our staff are going to the border town of nogales, arizona, to help douse some reporting on the arizona immigration issue. after that, they'll be hosting a
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maddow blog watch party in tucson tomorrow night. you can check out maddow blog.msnbc.com if you'll be anywherer in a tucson. because laura and bill are headed to nogales, we've been checking out local news there to see what is getting covered these days in nogales, arizona, and everybody else in the country has been talking about places like nogales, essentially behind its back because of the arizona immigration scapegoating. we wanted to find out what nogales itself has been talking about. that is the idea behind the reporting trip and the idea why we've been reading their local paper. here's the front page headline of the nogales international newspaper from friday. county cuts service. 879 street lights to turn off. to save $90,000, cash strapped santa cruz county in arizona has decided to turn out the lights. to let 879 street lights go dark. time are you have the right now,
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like they are everywhere in the country. this is santa cruz's effort to tighten its fiscal belt. they are shutting off the lights. it is not just nogales, arizona experiencing darker than normal lights. last year the city of santa rosa, california, decided to do the psalm thing themselves removed 6,000 street lights and turned off another 3,000 more after midnight. an effort to save the city $400,000. and last year, another city shut down street lights. a city in colorado turned off theirs. colorado spring dropped 40 of its police officers and i kid you not, they have auctioned off their police helicopters. not because crime of is over in colorado springs. it is because they're broke. philadelphia has decided to shut down three fire companies every day and three every night. rolling firefighting brownouts in order to try to save
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philadelphia some cash. the "wall street journal" reported recently on the growing number of places across the country where local governments are unpaving the roads. they are turning paved roads into gravel roads because paved roads too expensive to maintain. it is not one little town's whacky lud i'd solution. it is happening in north dakota. more than 100 miles in south dakota in 38 counties in michigan, and it is happening in ohio and it is napping alabama, and it is happening in pennsylvania. which mean that somewhere in china, it is entirely possible that a business person sat down for a ride on a 200-mile-an-hour state-of-the-art levitating train and read the "wall street journal" and read about how in america, we can't afford paved roads anymore. consider clayton county, jork. they decided to solve its budget crisis by ending its public bus service. not cutting back the number of
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buses. not suspending service but shutting down bus service altogether. more than 8,000 people who rely on that every single day to get to work or school are totally out of luck. speaking of school, that is where the state of had a way has decided to look to for an answer to its budget woes. public schools in hawaii have been implementing a four-day school week. just not opening schools on fridays. hawaii schools close there are doors on 17 fridays over the past school year. just make do, moms and dads. how are you going to deal with the childcare issue? hawaii, of course, is the home state of president obama who made the case faye short changing education, doing thing like say, cutting down the number of school days, is counterproductive to keeping the u.s. economy going. >> the single most important thing we can do is to make sure we've got a world class education system for everybody.
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that is a prerequisite for prosperity. education is an economic issue. education is the economic issue of our time. >> if that's the case, if education is the economic issue of our time, then how complaining is our economy affected by just long a whole day of instruction off the school week? how exactly is our economy affected by 46,000 education jobs being lost over the past three months? in order to prevent more of that, in order to prevent thing like cops and firefighters being laid off and street lights being shut off, something extraordinary is happening in politics this week. members of the house of representatives are returning to washington during their august recess to vote emergency funding for states and local governments. a $26 billion state aid bill that will among other things prevent thousands of teachers from being laid off. which is, if you ask tea party
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activists, it is a horrible idea to try to stop teachers from being laid off. tea party activists have reportedly planned protests against aid package in at least a dozen states. the hill newspaper says, the activists are upset over $10 billion in the package for a fund to stop teacher layoffs. they argue that states have hired far too many teachers in the last deck sxad they should be downsizing, rather than asking for a federal bail youxt it's a bailout now. that's the argument. class sizes are too small. we need to fire more teachers, america. apparently agreeing with them, the house partiers. they are expected to vote against tomorrow earlier today the soon to be former republican congressman tweeted this. on the way to d.c., vote on more deficit/stimulus spending. spending is destroying america. time to stop. i'll vote no. the number three house
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republicans, mike pence, stated his opposition to the bill this way. >> i have to tell you, i think the american people are tired of more spending, more bailouts and they'll be frustrated with congress coming back from a recess when we should be listening to the american people to do more of the same. >> for the record, mike pence, along with a number of other republicans, are now railing against the state aid bill for teachers and cops and firefighters while simultaneously arguing the extend bush tax cuts for the wealthiest americans. against the state aid bill which by the way is totally paid for and wouldn't be added to the deficit. they're against that. but they are for tax cuts which are not paid for and which would add about roughly $700 billion to the deficit. republicans are essentially arguing that rich people can't go back to the tax rates they were paying during the clinton years. in order to prevent rich people from having to go back to those tax rates. in order to prevent that horror
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movie, we're all going to have to take a kick in the teeth. we're going to have to load $700 billion on to the deficit. sure, it will hurt, it's awful, but do it for the rich people. they hurt so bad in the '90s. we can never ask them to go back to that. as for you people who have kids in public schools, you folks will have to suffer. we are cutting teacher, cops, firefighters, we're cutting street lights, we're cutting buses, we are literally unpaving the roads for you. because spending for you is wrong and it is bad for america. spending for the ruschest people in the country to have a giant $700 billion tax cut, that's right. that's good for america. it's a hell of a choice heading into the fall. joining us now is ezra klein, staff writer for the "washington post." good to see you. thanks for joining us. >> the house is planning to vote on this state aid bill tomorrow at a time they're usually not even in washington.
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how important is this bill? >> it is something you'll be used to hearing about congress. it is an important bill but it doesn't go far enough. this bill was originally wrapped in a much larger bill that the house passed out. i believe those run $200 billion. not every penny was state aid but a lot more of it was. we are going to get into some of the thing that are politically defensible hear? teachers is is a big one, obviously. and then medicaid funding. governors have different states have been screaming for it. they need help with medicaid. there are a lot of other thing that won't get funded here. and it is because they've not been able to pick up the votes. this bill has gotten whittled down. >> the argument against this state aid bill, the reason they're having to do with it this crazy last-minute jump back into session thing they're having to do now is because republicans resisted it by saying, listen, the economy is really bad. so therefore, we can't spend money on things like this.
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what would be the economic effect of spending money in the states right now? >> people would be unemployed. we ten to talk about this in two ways. you keep people employed themselves don't go to the unemployed rolls. they can spend money in the towns and communicate. the grocery store doesn't to have lay people off. and on and on and on and on. this is not some sort of weird economic theory. if you fire a teacher, they don't have a job. there is no disagreement about that among anyone. we don't talk about this enough. i was happy to hear it in your intro. there are actual services we will lose here. we will lose teachers which means kids will have larger classes. we will lose firefighters and policemen. you will call 911 and the line will be busy. you will use street lights and infrastructure. in a recession like this, we're not in a recession anymore but a downturn, you will destroy long term growth at the cost of short term. so for short term politics, you will reduce the deficit. in doing so, you will cut down the thing we need like the use
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of of california system or like the roads. >> in the arguing over this, the other thing that is happening is sort of federal versus state. you've got people like mitch daniels and others, out there saying listen, the states are to blame for their budget problems. and any states that are doing okay are effectively being called on to subsidize sfats are irresponsible. mike pence is dericively calling this a state bailout bill. how do you feel about that? >> it is really baffling. before the crisis hit, the states had record rainy day funds. so a rainy day fund, they put away a surplus. it was at an absolute record level. we've never rainy day funds that large in american history. then we didn't just have a recession. we have other the largest recession since the great depression. it wasn't because under or nevada or any of the other states did a bad job regulating wall street or global capital. this was a global economic
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crash. the rainy day funds weren't enough. the idea is that all 50 states were horribly economically mismanaged. now this sort of politicking from these who have an eye on 2012 will be a problem. intook the stimulus funds. it needed the funds. it is doing a bit better than its neighbors so now that indiana is a little out of its hole, it will say nevada, this is all your fault. this is an good way to ham it. at the end of the day know we're still a country here. if we as a country are not a good place to invest because our schools are terrible, our roads are crap, you know, that money will go. it will go to china. it will go to europe. it will go to places that have figured something else out. maybe not europe at the moment. they're not doing very well either. >> any place that actually has schools say, five days a week, or roads that are going to be more paved than less paved has one up us on at this point which is absolutely amazing. ezra klein, staff writer for the
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"washington post." thanks for your time tonight. >> thank you. you know how we always talk about politics with the vague sports metaphor of keeping score? like points on the board, keeping score, who is up, who is downful there is one way, one very specific electrical way in which that is not a metaphor. there is a physical scoreboard in american politics. and we're getting a new one. that's next. en. hey, mayor white. how you doing? great. come on in. would you like to see our new police department? yeah, all right. this way. and here it is. completely networked. so, anything happening, suz? she's all good. oh, my gosh. is that my car? [ whirring ] [ female announcer ] the new community. see it. live it. share it. on the human network. cisco. [ armstrong ] in 20 years of cycling, even when i was ahead, i was always behind. ♪ behind cars...
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hears how you keep score in congress. not metaphorically, literally. see those little screens up there at the top there? this is how you score how votes are going in congress. it is like the basketball scoreboard at my high school. it is all little names and then you get red for no or green for yes. that's how you watch a vote unfold when it is taking place in the house of representatives. here's how you know that congress all of a sudden being back in session today in the middle of what is usually the august recess, really truly
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wasn't planned in advance. here's how you know. there's no scoreboard in congress right now. the architect of the capitol took advantage of the august recess this year, the planned august recess this year, to replace the scoreboard. after 30 years. with a more energy efficient l.e.d. thingy. but now unexpectedly, congress has come back. quick! uninvite everyone from the party. mom and dad are coming back from vacation early. the old scoreboard is down. the new one is not ready. so the interim fix is four 50-inch television that's have been borrowed from the visitor's center that have been pressed into service to display this session's surprise august recess timed votes. one note to the architect of the capitol, if you're not going to use the old one that you took down, may we please have it? i will pick it up myself. i have a pickup. i will pay the shipping. please, please. relief orthotics with shockguard technology
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in august, every monday, everybody has a case of the mondays. how you feel today, it's normal. that normal lousy august monday feeling that you're having would in fact probably be worse today if you were a member of congress. because this time of year, they are never supposed to be working. this is august recess time. they are never in d.c. but the house of representatives right now in d.c. is in session. called back to vote on that money for the states bill that we talk about with ezra klein at
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the top of the show. but they're back to do one other hard to believe thing. they're back to close congress. they're back to shut congress down from the elections, all the way through to the start of january. republicans have marked for identification a rarely used tactic. a privileged resolution to force a vote on their very urgent desire to close congress between november 2 and january 3. perhaps jealous of the senate where the minority has figured out how the stop the body from working even if they haven't technically shut it down, house republicans think they might have figured out how to grind their side of congress down as well. if congress meets after an election but before the people elected get sworn in, it is called a lame duck session. republicans are trying to raise fears that a lame duck session of congress this year would be some kind of liberal conspiracy. a liberal conspiracy that must be stopped. only democrats would ever want congress to meet and do stuff after an election! even the republicans have used
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lame duck sessions in the past to do everything from impeaching president clinton for lying about a thing you cannot say on television to the republican led largest expansion since 2002. not to mention making the biggest change to u.s. intelligence gathering since the founding of the cia when they created the directorate of national intelligence. all of that has been done in lame duck sessions before. but not this year. not this year. this year, republicans want the months of november and december reserved strictly for not working. as a matter of urgency. joining us now, john stanton. good to see you. when i mattered republicans wanted to try to shut down congress for november and december, i was not very surprised but i was surprised that this big idea of theirs is going to come up for a vote. what is that sth privileged resolution idea they've used? >> it is one of the few ways the
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minority party in the house has to make their voice leader the house floor. although ironically, they're not actually going to be voting on the resolution, it doesn't look like. they're going to vote on a vote as to whether or not they should vote on the resolution. which is pretty classic congress, frankly. and it will likely fail and give some democrats who don't want to get caught voting against it some cover to say, well, i didn't actually vote against it, i just thought it was inappropriate to vote on it. but it is largely a political tool. that's it. >> it is a strange thing for them to be grappling over given how frequently we have congress in session after elections. if there were a lame duck session this year, would it that be weird? would it be something that doesn't usually happen or something? >> before, sort of the clinton impeachment, it was fairly rare. would it happen once in a while, mostly to do spending bill. but starting in 1994 when the republican resolution happened
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and the house and senate got read that bat, ironically the first thing was the impeachment. and i believe every year since, they've had some sort of a lame duck session. most of the time going until pretty much christmas. >> what is the very, very, very scary liberal conspiracy thing that is likely to get passed during this year's lame duck session? republicans have been trying to get their base very scared about what might happen this year. >> the thing they throw out there is the climate change bill. that has no chance of passing. in the senate, they don't to have votes for it now. they didn't have the votes last year to do it. with the new die animal igs, there is no way. the one thing that i think could pass which some republicans think is scary is the repeal of don't ask, don't tell. that will be part of defense authorization bill. and it a water vote for republicans because they always vote for the defense authorization bill because they like to be strong on defense. in this case work the don't ask don't tell repeal in it, some of them really don't want to deal with it. the prospect of voting
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against all the funding for the pentagon just because you don't want people who have the gay to be in the military is sort of awkward for them. >> exactly. >> gotcha. reporter for role. >> caller: >> if the question is when would we as a show like to have sharron angle join us for an interview? the answer is, any time. seriously, i would make it work. i have an optometrist appointment that was really hard to geflt i would totally drop that. anything. the prospect of being a guest on this show was raised yesterday to the famously selectively media shy nevada republican senate candidate, miss angle. and i have to tell you, she did not say no. she did say some other things but she didn't say no. so we live and hope. that's coming up. access your own money. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 it'd be like every atm in the world was your atm. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 the schwab bank high yield investor checking(tm) account.
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check this out. watch this video. this is video shot over the week by a mexican tv station called azteca. we have some other video from reuters. if it looks like what you're seeing is police officers fighting other police officers, police officers punching each other out and shoving each other around, cop on cop, that's because that is what it is. these are federal police officers assigned to see dad juarez in mexico. right over the border from el paso, texas. to fight drug cartels four years
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ago, mexico sent in the army to help local police. juarez stayed pretty disastrous and dangerous so that strategy ended four months ago and the government instead sent in the federal police. they sent in a 5,000 strong federal police force to assist the locals there. it has been reported that at least 20 of those federal police officers have been killed since they took over in juarez. which is part of what led to this incredible situation on saturday. on saturday, a group of about 200 police officers, some of them, you can see in some of the state, they're wearing masks. they stormed a hotel where one of their own commanders was living. after pushing past about 100 fellow federal police officers who were trying to protect their own commander, the mutiny police broke in. then they found weapons and drugs. they were accusing him of helping the drug cartels
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participating in kidnappings and killings. and they're accusing him of planning drug on officers who wouldn't cooperate with him so he could then blackmail them into doing what he wanted. the officers health their own commander at gunpoint and demanded that his superior officer in mexico city suspend him. and investigate him for corruption. the police officers got what they wanted. the commander and three others were suspended. they were transferred to mexico city where now authorities say they will be investigated. i don't know if you're allowed to call it vigilante justice when the vigilantes are themselves police officers. we will keep you posted on this, as will a lot of the u.s. media, particularly if the mute near police officers keep letting camera crews show them doing stuff that is this nuts. but now zyrtec®, the fastest 24-hour allergy relief, comes in a new liquid gel. new zyrtec® liquid gels work fast, so i can love the air®. comes in a new liquid gel.
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effect until the next congressional session. not exactly an issue that recalibrated society, but still, an achievement when you consider that that amendment was first proposed 202 years earlier. changing the constitution is really hard to do. the last constitutional amendment to pass before the 27th, before the salary rule was 20 years before that. it was the 26th amendment. it established the natural voting age at 18 years old. constitutional amendments are very difficult to get through. take the equal rights amendment, for example. it affirm that men and women have equal right under the law. simple enough, right? au contrair. it was in 1923 just a few years after women won the right to vote, like actual citizens. then for the next 50ish years, it was in every single congressional selling, everyone, without ever passing by the
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necessary two-thirds in congress. in 1970, a senate subcommittee began hearings. oh, yeah, that's right. a subcommittee, hearings, progress. and the next two years interesting e.r.a. was overwhelmingly approved by the senate. 84-8. it also passed in the house. it had seven years then to be ratified by the state. seven years later, yeah, nothing. still no equal rights amendment. no constitutional amendment saying men and women are equal. throughout the 1980s and 1990s, it was statement story. fail ufrl ronald reagan was the first u.s. president to actually oppose the e.r.a. the national organization for women launched campaign after campaign, at one point it just fall three states short of ratification. the e.r.a. came really, really close. over a span of decades, they were fighting for it but it still failed. while its 85-plus year history is a neat civics lesson, it is also showing the effort is and
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republican party politics. and the hims there of. if you are proposing a constitutional amendment to declare kittens undeniably fluffy and attractive, would you still be wise to have a plan b. even the most uncontroversial constitutional amendment is hard to pass. structurally, it is one of those thing that was set up to be hard to pass. that means right now, if somebody's big policy idea about why they want to you send them to congress is because they're planning on amending the constitution, if that's someone's platform as a politician, that politician is either very ambitious or knows something that we don't know, or that person is sort of blowing smoke. because honestly, bucco, you won't amend the constitution. you're really not going to do what you say you're going to do. it is amazeding when you look at that history about how hard it to amen the constitution, and then you see that they are the bread and butter of what. conservative politicians running for office right now are running
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for office on. this is what they're proposing. there has been all this controversy recentbly the 14 amendment. the fact that republican senators lindsey graham, jon kyl, mcconnell and pawlenty, not to mention the senate candidate all support reappealing it, or at least looking into the idea of repeeling it. it is not just the 14th ael. conservatives and republicans, if you go back through the george w. bush administration, they have supported and proposed amendments for everything. outlaw flag burning. victims' rights in criminal proceeding, outlaw abortions, mandate a balanced budget, codify the rate to school prayer, make a gesture toward the notion of parental rights, grant the district of columbia a representative in congress but only one. set term limits in congress and
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of course, repeal the zpreent the 17th amendments. the citizenship amendment, the equal protection amendment, and the 17th is the one that says you get to vote for who your senator is. conservatives mate idea now, apparently. so when you go to a town hall meeting, you attend a debate this summer or fall or say, someone running for office pops by your hotdog stand looking for your vote. if that candidate starts saying to you, the reason they want to go to washington is because they're planning on amending the constitution, it is okay to laugh at them. it's like asking your kid how he's going to get his grades up in math and he tells you, that he's not planning on studying anymore. he's planning on buying a math super hero costume and letting that take care of the problem. politicians promising to amend the constitution are probably not really going to amend the constitution. they are trying to win votes and raise money and get attention from their promise of amending the constitution. if you want to get to reality,
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ask them what they plan to do in the meantime while they're waiting for their constitutional amendment to come through. and remember, it is okay to laugh at them while you say it. joining us, a law professor. welcome to the show. >> thank you for having me. >> let me start with the premise that i just outline, it is gosh darn difficult to amend the constitution. do you think that's a fair assess nmt. >> i think that's a quite fair assessment. in 220 years, we've only done it 17 times. the first ten went through quickly but after, that it has taken a while. it usually requires something pretty huge to get a constitutional amendment through. >> are there certain types that historically have been easier to pass than others? >> well, the sort of oops amendments. they realize they wrote something in the constitution or failed to that really ought to be there. in 1800, when the country nearly fell apart over the presidential race, they amended the constitution and gave us the 12th amendment and the electoral
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college. or after fdr, they realized they really needed to think about how many term a president could serve. after kennedy's assassination, they realize they had needed to think about presidential discussion. these are oops amendments, these things that would have been nice to have there in the first place. they're easy to pass because they're perfectly sensible and easy to figure out. the other half of the amendments are the ones that are hard to get. sometimes they involve huge amounts of time and years and years of work. at one point, three of them involved a civil war. so those are the ones where we are trying to catch up to our democratic credentials. we sort of remember that this really isn't a country supposed to be controlled by white male property holders. throws the ones tough to get through and they take a fight. >> when politicians say to americans that they promised to amend the constitution, i feel like in every election, there has been somebody saying something like, they were going to amend the constitution.
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it just notable that it is happening for so many different politicians saying they want to repeal multiple amendments and there are so many that have been proposed in the past decade and so many of them are on the conservative side. it makes me wonder if this is a dog whistle thing. if it means something politically, other than what it means literally. as literal promises, these seem rather meaningless. >> every time you hear a politician, anyone with political experience, you want to say, have you cracked open your history book? this takes a lot of work to get an amendment through. in some ways, they're appealing to this deep intuition that americans have. which is one of the best intuitions, that the constitution belongs to us. and we have a right to change it when we want to change it. but you do, really what they're talking about is a deep unease that americans have in some parts of the country, with what's going on now. and the way you tap into that unease is to talk about our constitution. it is our constitution. so whether or not in the end of the day, it is really just a
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cynical rhetorical claim, they're speaking to people in a language that americans understand. >> does threatening to change the constitution, even if you can't pull it off, even if you can't actually amend it, historically, mass had an effect on our laws or even constitutional interpretation? even if the amendment itself hasn't actually work? >> this is what is so interesting. sometime you can amend the constitution without amending the constitution. you just talk about the e.r.a. a great example as my colleague has pointed out. the people who worked for the e.r.a. got everything they wanted by moving for it themselves never actually got it into the tech of the constitution but everything that was embodied in that amendment was eventually given to them by the supreme court. so why did that happen? well, they used the e.r.a. as an organizing team. they changed people's bhinds the place of women in society. in nine of the people whose minds were changed were sitting on the supreme court. and those justices eventually began to read the broad part of
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the constitution in a way that was perfectly squint the e.r.a. they got the constitutional amendment. it just isn't in the text. >> and it just took 85 years, roughly. >> did it take a little while. >> law professor at yale university. thank you for joining us tonight. a real pleasure to have you on the show. >> thank you very much. coming up on "countdown," part of greenland fell off. but global warming is a liberal myth. so don't worry. coming up on this show, i give sharron angle my e-mail address. ♪
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over the week, san diego, california, played host to a three-hour national doctors tea party rally in the name of freedom. freedom from health reformful a special performance by rick the doctor whose song, we're going to have a par-tea. get it? we had ken jones breaking through to the other side. ♪ we're going to have a party ♪ yeah, yeah ♪ with liberty
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>> that's never going. as rocking as the entertainment was, this national doctors tea party rally was sponsored by the rather main stream sounding association of physicians and surgeons, members of which showed up in white coats to protest health care reform, having already endeared themselves to america by emailing out race. i images of barack obama as a witch doctor with a bone through his nose. they also spread the theory that hiv doesn't cause aids. that's the association of physicians and surgeons designed specifically to not sound crazy. those are the people who sponsored the doctors' teea pary this weekendful despite the strong whiff of kook wafting off that event, sharron angle of nevada was apparently happy to
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serve as their key note speaker. >> thank you so much for being here. thank you for standing up for freedom and liberty. we understand our constitution and that our founding fathers had it right. they knew that the answer to the problem, the solution to the problem, was not the government. the government is not the solution. the government is the problem. it is we the people that are the solution. we need to take back our economy. and we can do that through passing some laws like the repeal of obamacare. that will be a take-back. remember, that we have the right angle to defeat harry reid the right you might have thought that was sort of it for this story but after the event, a man who was most decidedly not acting on behalf of this show, i want to
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say that and be very clear about it, approached sharron angle in person, approached her and her staff, and asked her quite pointedly why won't you go on the rachel maddow show. sharron angle's answer to the question surprised us. >> i'm not sure that that was ever a question. does she want to talk about obama care? >> she does. >> let's talk about -- let's talk about obama care. >> not sure if that was ever a question. our staff has continually reached out to ms. angle with repeated interview requests to no avail. in case for some reason the messages have been lost, here it goes again. i would love to have you on the show, love to, love to, love to, love to. you would have a fair, very uninterrupted chance to make your case, and you would reach a whole lot of people who have only had the chance to hear what i think of you, and those people would very much love to hear what you think of you. that said, given the lack of response to our repeated requests and the propensity for ms. angle to run from media
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questions even at her own press conference at one point, i am discouraged at my prospects for actually getting an interview. then again, when i listen again to what she said when she was asked about it, i sort of feel like there might be hope. >> i'm not sure that that was ever a question. does she want to talk about obama care? >> yes. she does, and she wants to -- >> let's talk about -- let's talk about obama care. >> i will talk to you about obama anything. i will talk to you about anything care. if i had only known that talking about obama care was the key to landing an interview with sharron angle, i would have agreed to an obama care only interview, if that's what it took. i would be happy, thrilled, geeked out even to talk about that with you, ms. angle. later in the video i know that one of your representatives asked the man for a business card so they could follow up on the interview request, as he does not work for this show. he was on his own. he obviously did not have one. this as an official request to
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mark dayton, matt intenza who between them have spent more than $7 million of their own money on the race and the official party endorsed candidate who has raised significantly less this year there. are the independent candidates like tom horner and rob hahn, the latter producing this astounding campaign ad. >> tuesday's election is about leadership and honesty. i've been up front about the fact my now ex-wife got a restraining order against me last year. >> finally, there's republican minnesota state representative and gubernatorial candidate, tom emmer, the presumptive nominee on the republican side. a man so polarizing there is a nationwide boycott currently against retail giants target and best buy for donating to a business pac that is supporting him. mr. emmer's political dance card is filled up with pretty standard run of the mill anti-gay conservative policy positions. he would like, for example, to amend the constitution to keep
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gay people from marrying. that's sort of republican orthodoxy at this point. nothing to write home or talk on tv about. the fuel being added to the boycott fire with target and best buy is not what mr. emmer has said as a state representative or in his campaign to be governor. it's actually more about his extracurricular activities. back in 2008, mr. emmer's campaign donated money to the you can run but you cannot hide ministry, which was founded by this handsome fellow. ♪ >> turns out that's the real tape. we didn't mess that up. this really is the ministry's official band, called junkyard prophets and according to the band's website, they were voted
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second best unsigned band in america. by whom? the founder and the magnificent drummer in the ankle socks there is bradley dean. that's bradley with two "es" for those of you googling at home. mr. dean doesn't only use the skins for his evangelical message. he uses his radio show as well. >> muslims are calling for the execution of homosexuals in america. they themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the bible. the judeo-christian god but they seem to be more moral than even the american christians do, because these people are livid about enforcing their laws. they know homosexuality's an abomination. if america won't enforce the laws, god will raise up a foreign enemy to do just that. that's what you're seeing today in america. >> mr. bradley later clarified that he didn't really mean to sanction murder of gay people.
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he said quote, we have never and will never call for the -- we have never and will never call for the execution of homosexuals which is nice. but of course, he does still consider the gay to be an abomination and he has some other stuff that he said about the homosexuals which maybe is a little problematic given that he has been given money by a candidate for republican governor. >> here's the bottom line. they play the victim when in fact they're the predator. on average, they molest 117 people, on average, they molest 117 people before they're found out. how many kids have been destroyed, how many adults today have been destroyed because of crimes against nature? how many people have been violated because of that? >> 117 precisely. he counted. it's no surprise that a conservative anti-gay candidate for office in a conservative anti-gay ministry have ties. conservative anti-gay politics are nothing new. what's new, however, is that the politicians are giving money

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